Review: Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
The only proper answer to a Fireball is a Skrewball, no? In case you’ve missed it, peanut butter flavored whiskey is here, and it’s taking the world by storm (at least a bit).
There’s no huge setup here. This is some random young whiskey (Canadian?) pumped to the gills with peanut butter flavoring. It’s “natural flavors” per the bottle, and a warning label does indicate the whiskey “contains peanuts,” but what’s really inside is a bit of a mystery.
While this is clearly built for shots — PB and jelly? PB and banana? PB and bacon? — intrepid reviewers have to try the stuff straight. Sure enough, it smells like peanut butter — or at least a hybrid of peanut and hazelnut butter. Sweet and quite buttery on the nose, it’s immediately evident what you’re getting into.
The palate again lands halfway between peanut and hazelnut butter, and it’s both surprisingly salty and very sweet. That saltiness helps to cut the sugar to some extent, but the sugar gets pushy the more you sip on it. At first, the finish feels quite clean, another surprise, but a gummy consistency begins to become evident over time. And then there’s the aftertaste: Hypersweetened peanuts that linger in the mouth for ages. I could still taste the stuff even after I brushed my teeth, flossed, and rinsed with mouthwash.
I can see plenty of cocktail applications here… provided you’re not stuck on classics from the Savoy Cocktail Book, at least.